This week at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, Minn., Gary “Duke” Johnson logged his last miles aboard a snowmobile (or ATV) as field test rider for Arctic Cat, a job he’s had since 1979. At the tender age of 64, the Thief River Falls native is riding off into the proverbial sunset called retirement, having ridden more than 1 million miles aboard snowmobiles during his career in the company's Field Test department.
Let that sink in for a moment. One. Million. Miles.
Yes, Duke has had a job that most of us would dream for: getting paid to ride snowmobiles.
I chatted with Duke this week about his career with Arctic Cat.
Click to read what it was like to become a million mile man.